CPSC10010 Introduction to Crop Science

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module provides the student with an overview of crop production globally and in Ireland.
An opportunity is provided to see how scientific principles are applied in crop science, including; how plants grow in the field. It will describe how crop production is influenced by biotic factors such as pests and diseases, and abiotic factors such as light and water availability. An introduction to crop genetics and biotechnology will be provided.
Each student will be assigned a project designed to illustrate basic principles in crop science.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to: fully understand the development of crop production in Ireland and appreciate the factors that have influenced it in the past and may do in the future. Students should also be able to explain and demonstrate the relevance of the basic sciences in crop science including:
1. Describe and explain the importance of crops for world food production.
2. Identify and describe the basic principles of plant growth.
3. Evaluate the theoretical and practical aspects of agronomic principles

Indicative Module Content:

History of Agriculture: Crop Domestication
Feeding the World
Crop classification
Biology of plant reproductive systems.
Food versus fuel
Chemistry of food plants
Genetic improvement of crops
Biotechnology in Crops
Picking from the sun
Sustainable agriculture
Cropping systems
Soil
Biotic stress: Plant pathogens
Abiotic Stress
GMOs
Plant Resistance

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Lectures

24

Specified Learning Activities

40

Autonomous Student Learning

46

Total

110

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The approaches to teaching and learning include:

An active/task-based learning project.
Lectures
 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Exclusions:

This module is not suitable for 2nd year Agriculture students.


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Project: A practical project will be completed which will require independent field work and completion of an online associated worksheet via Brightspace. Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No

15

Class Test: Mid-term MCQ (45mins) Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No

40

Multiple Choice Questionnaire: Final exam, will focus on questions from throughout the trimester. 2 hour End of Trimester Exam n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No

45


Carry forward of passed components
Yes
 
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback is done individually post-assessment via Brightspace for the project. Throughout the module MCQ questions examples are discussed after each lecture.

Name Role
Dr Angela Feechan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Sujit Jung Karki Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Cathal McCabe Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Eoghan Curran Tutor
Nikolaos Mastrodimos Tutor
Paola Pilo Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
 
Spring
     
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Thurs 10:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Tues 10:00 - 10:50
Spring